This year Dr. Mathieu Sellier and Geoff Rogers once again requested a couple of guest lectures from Greg. The course is Computational and Applied Mechanical Analysis (ENME302), and the lectures were held at Canterbury University.
The 1st topic was Real World Boundary Conditions (BCs, Restraints, or Fixtures) in Finite Element Analysis (FEA). FEA is an example of Computational Solid Mechanics, and Boundary Conditions are one of the most difficult and misused features in FEA. This Guest Lecture was held on the 22 Sept 2017.
The second lecture was on Singularities, one of the most difficult and misunderstood phenomena in FEA. This lecture was held on the 06 Oct 2017. Greg once again took the opportunity to highlight the value is not in the software, it’s in an engineer’s application of it. It’s the connection between the keyboard and the seat that makes the difference in Computational Analysis. GIGO (Garbage In – Garbage Out) is an appropriate acronym for FEA, and the ability to verify your work is one of the most important skills an engineer can develop.
Motovated engineers are experts at virtual prototyping (or simulations) software’s like FEA. So guest lecturing for Canterbury University gives us the opportunity to add some significant real-world perspectives on these challenging software packages. Our focus on the basics, and really verifying that the pretty images the software’s produce replicate the real-world physics, allow us to add significantly to the theory presented in Computational Mechanics courses.
Greg love’s doing these lectures, as he not only gets to help them with the theory but is also able to let these budding engineers know what success looks like out in the real world. There is always lots of discussions. Good fun for all!